Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Liberty Weekend !!

Just got back from teaching in Liberty, MO for Old Mill Stitchery and as usual I think everyone had a GREAT time !!!

It really is like coming home for me......there are so many loyal stitchers that come back again and again to take my classes at the Old Mill and I am forever grateful to you all !!!

Every year I try to come up with something a little different just to get them out of their comfort zone and each time, they seem willing to follow along and give the project a try.

This time we not only painted the book boxes but I had them do some stenciling and then we lined the inside as well........lots of painting and gluing for these stitcher ladies !!!!

They got very serious about fitting the journal paper for the lining of the book.

Here's a peek of the finished project from Friday's class.  I'ts called "Queen Bee Stitch Book" and will be released next year.

During "Show & Tell".......Shelly and Diane both showed off their finished "Seasons of Chessie" Club pieces and discovered they had mounted them in the opposite directions on their horn books.  Both looked great !!

The most amazing piece at "Show & Tell" was stitched and finished by Jeanie Bundy.........I believe it's another fabulous design from Sherri Jones of Patrick's Woods.

Saturday's project was the spring version of "Where Stitching Leads", Breath of Autumn", and Thoughts of Christmas" called "Hope of Spring".

Mary, Barb and Denise worked tirelessly (as usual) to make the whole weekend  very special and we shared many laughs and fun stories and ate WAY too much good food !!!

Now I'm back home staring at the cats and wishing we were still all together..........there's nothing that renews my soul, like spending time with my stitching "friends"........and if you've never taken a class or stitch retreat, I highly recommend's just so rewarding to be in the company of people who understand your passion for stitching !!!!

May you all continue to find time to take a stitch each day !

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Return from Ocean City

WHEW !!!!  What a whirlwind weekend !!
I'm back from teaching for Sally and Sara at Salty Yarns in Ocean City, MD and as expected it was a crazy, wonderful experience!!

The weather was one of the stars of the show.  Unlike the last time I was there, a small Nor'easter  decided to give us all a run for our money....crazy wind, rain, and waves!  Very exciting !!!

The pictures really don't do it justice .......I nearly blew away trying to take a few outside pics........this was Friday AM.

The much anticipated stitching time on the front porch never did happen............

but by Saturday and Sunday, people did appear on the boardwalk.......we even got to see a little kite sailing on the beach and a few brave soles were kite boarding in the ocean.

Thankfully , stitchers don't get too excited about bad as long as we were all together....we were just fine!!!!

Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of classes or class projects........way too busy having fun !!!     One of the gals in class brought in an old, old piece of mine (Pumpkin Hill) that she had done on 40ct and made into a tiny pinkeep....adorable!!

Most of the ladies, when not in class, were scattered around the fabulous big old hotel lobby........stitching, eating, visiting, laughing, and just generally enjoying time with each other!!

Many brought and shared projects they're working on and the level of the stitching was unbelievable !

Sara and Mary, two of our hosts worked tirelessly the entire weekend to keep things running smoothly. Sally disappears every time a camera comes out.........but her stories are not to be missed.  I always find myself staying up late every night, so that I don't miss any of them!!

Lauren (Forget Me Not In Stitches) shares a new design.

Patty (Sam Sarah) and I enjoyed spending a little down time together.

The whole weekend went way too fast.......but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute .  There is such satisfaction in spending time in this magical old hotel with people who share a passion for stitching.

Thank you all for another wonderful Jamboree

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Cat Ate my homework???

Can you believe it.......I was ready to put together my new little design for the Old Mill Stitchery weekend (Oct 25 -27) and I couldn't find the stitched pieces.
After much searching, I was able to locate 2 of them, but the inner lid panel is no where in sight.......and little Miss Chessa's not talking !!!!  In fact she seems rather put out that I found the other two pieces.

So, while I'm restitching, I'll give you a peek of what's left of the Friday night project........

Hope to see you there..................

Happy Fall !!!!